On Monday, June 6, 2016, Nollywood was thrown into another mourning as wife of veteran actor, Prince jide Kosoko, Henrietta passed on in Lagos. The talented actress was said to be diabetic before her death.
Encomium Weekly paid a condolence visit to her Lagos residence at 4, Olanrewaju Street, Chemist Bus-stop, Bariga, Lagos, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. The atmosphere was still pensive at the time of our visit at 2:10pm. Lots of mourners within and outside the residence kept coming to commiserate with the family. All efforts to get the attention of the family members proved abortive as none was willing to narrate their ordeal .
Bidemi Kosoko, daughter of the widower, Prince Jide Kosoko told ENCOMIUM Weekly, “The Kosoko family are not in a good mood to address the press as you can see. I will be glad if you can suspend your activities until the family is ready to attend to the press.”
Nollywood actors, actresses, marketers and friends were present. The widower was looking distraught as he was talking in a way that reflected shock and confusion about his wife’s death.
The death of his wife caught him unawares. “I went to a particular event on Monday (June 6), I was not aware that my wife was dead until the person that was with me asked me to check the rumours flying around the social media about my wife’s death. I referred to it as rumour because I still didn’t believe, if not until I confirmed it myself.
“I don’t know how to explain the situation. It is an unimaginable loss,” Prince Jide Kosoko said this while sitting with colleagues and movie marketers discussing and lamenting.
“Third wife! Won’t the world count the numbers of lives I have lost? ” he said this in a sober mood when discussing with colleagues.
During the chat, one of the movie marketers was overheard saying, “What kind of a thing is this at this time? This is a big loss to the family and Nollywood as a whole.”
Also, friends and colleagues who were present at the time of our visit described late Henrietta Kosoko as a great woman with positive influence to the society as a whole.
A neighbour who spoke on the condition of anonymity said, “I was shocked when I heard the news. I was aware she was admitted to the hospital days before her death, but no one could ever imagine it will lead to her death. She was such a wonderful mother, not to only her family but the whole nation will miss her.”
Her twin boys whom she had before getting married to Prince Jide Kosoko were also present but unable to speak about the ugly incident.
At the time we left the scene at 3:15pm, sympathizers kept coming. Nollywood actors and actresses were present before we left the scene.